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The California Wellness Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to Leading Edge Fund

San Francisco, CA – The Leading Edge Fund, which was launched by the Rosenberg Foundation in partnership with the Hellman Foundation to seed, incubate and accelerate bold ideas from the next generation of progressive movement leaders in California, has received a $100,000 grant from The California Wellness Foundation.

“We are deeply grateful to Cal Wellness for their support of these visionary Leading Edge fellows,” said Timothy P. Silard, president of the Rosenberg Foundation. “Now more than ever, we need these fellows’ bold leadership as they take on pervasive inequity and injustice in the areas of criminal justice, immigrant rights and racial justice through policy change and movement building.”

Created in 2016, the Leading Edge Fund awarded $250,000 over three years to each of eight fellows who are tackling deep barriers to opportunity for communities of color and low-income communities. In addition, the fellows are receiving technical assistance on strategy, program design, fundraising and communications. The $100,000 Cal Wellness grant will support leadership development and executive coaching for the fellows. Cal Wellness is celebrating 25 years as a private, independent foundation with a mission to advance wellness for all people in California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.

From ending racialized police violence, to shining a light on disproportionate incarceration rates for Native Americans, to expanding legal representation for immigrants, the Leading Edge fellows’ cutting-edge ideas have the potential to transform the state. The Leading Edge Fund is supporting these innovative leaders in their efforts to fundamentally change the odds for, and with, the most disenfranchised Californians.

For a list of Leading Edge Fund fellows and to learn more, please visit

About the Rosenberg Foundation:
The Rosenberg Foundation is an independent, grantmaking foundation committed to ensuring that every person in California has an equal opportunity to participate fully in the state’s economic, social, and political life. Created in 1935 through the bequest of California business leader Max L. Rosenberg, the Foundation has provided more than 3,000 grants totaling nearly $85 million to regional, statewide and national organizations advocating for social and economic justice throughout California. For more information: On Twitter @RosenbergFound

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